For a short time today I was French!

United States
April 19, 2016 7:54am CST
I speak English (with a little 'southern' thrown in!). Yes, I took Spanish and French in High School back in the dark ages. What I can say in either language beyond 'hello' or 'goodbye' is very limited. But, this morning someone assumed I could read and speak French. I got on Facebook first thing, as usual, and came across recent photos of our friends from New York who are buying a home in Tennessee. As I clicked on the photo to leave a comment all the words on Facebook turned to French. Seriously, I have no clue what I did. Everything was in French. I hit what I assumed was the help button but couldn't read the options. I closed my browser hoping it would all go away when I opened it again - wrong. Ten minutes in to it and trying whatever I thought might work I spotted a little box that asked, "English?" so I jumped on it and by some small miracle English returned and all is well in the universe. Has this ever happened to you? Maybe I should brush up on my French just in case it happens again! Photo: pixabay.com/en/french-flag-france-flag-nation-1064395/
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@gudheart (12752)
19 Apr 16
LOL I bet you were lost in translation then!!
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I sure was - LOL!
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@gudheart (12752)
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill LOL sounds like a funny experience though...after the initial shock.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
@gudheart Yes, it was and I'm still laughing.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Apr 16
Stop being so boring and stick to using French. Using English is far too easy and no challenge whatsoever. This reminds me of a time that I left my mobile on my desk at work and someone changed the language to Polish. I finally managed to reset it to English, but it was not easy as I was trying to navigate screens that I could not read.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I like boring LOL! Now Polish I can understand some - My first husband was Polish so I hear lots of words, most I can't repeat.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Trying to navigate mobile phone settings in Polish us certainly not my idea of simple.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
@Asylum I'd rather deal with the phone in Polish and not my x-'s family!
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@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
19 Apr 16
I had another friend who experienced this last week. I do not think it was French for her, but it was a language she does not speak.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
Well, I'm glad to hear it wasn't just me! LOL...I assume your friend got her back to English!?
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@MALUSE (40229)
• Germany
19 Apr 16
I switch between Geman and English so often during the day that sometimes I don't realise what I'm reading.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
Where is it that you switch the language, not that I want to do so, I just want to avoid that area!
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@MALUSE (40229)
• Germany
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill I'm German. That means I write texts in German. When I'm on myLot, I read and write English. I may interrupt this and write a letter in German. Before I fall asleep at night, I always read some chapters of an English book and so on.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
@MALUSE Oh OK.
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@LeaPea2417 (20463)
• Toccoa, Georgia
19 Apr 16
No, it hasn't happened to me, but it happened to one of my Facebook friends and she was as confused as you were and asking for help the other day.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I'm just glad I got it fixed fast...all these years on FB and that was a first.
• United States
19 Apr 16
This hasn't happened to me but I have a few FB friends that said they had the same problem. I have no idea how they resolved it.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
Accidents happen and that's how I fixed it LOL!
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@topffer (34160)
• France
19 Apr 16
French is so difficult.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
For you I guess it isn't! LOL! Maybe I'll catch up to you next time FB throws me a curve!
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@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
19 Apr 16
No, I haven't had that happen yet. Like you, I know a spattering of French and Spanish and some greetings in other languages.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
You aren't from New Jersey are you? My sister went to school with an Alice Henry.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
19 Apr 16
I bet that was funny, you trying to read, and not understanding a word. I must say that it has never happened to me, and if it would have, I would have thought that my laptop turned out to be French. I can't speak it or write it either, so it better stay English if it knows what is good for it.
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• United States
20 Apr 16
I got a big laugh out of it, I'm just glad it's over and done now.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
20 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill It is really good though, when we can laugh at ourselves, for silly things that we do. I have done some silly things too, believe me, but I have been able to laugh about it too.
@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
19 Apr 16
I live just 10 minutes away from where they officially speak french( Switzerland has 3 national languages or 4 depending on who you ask) But my French is so terrible i try never to go to the French side of Switzerland.Same with my Italian,apart from hello and a few Italian words,l could not hold conversation in Italian. Glad you figured it out. How would it be if you messed up your whole computer and everything came in French?
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I guess I would throw it out and buy a new one!
@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Lol or you`ll figure out how to speak french fast
@Inlemay (16559)
• South Africa
19 Apr 16
Oui oui - Parlez-vous fran├žais? fantastique!!
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I could have gotten you to translate for me!
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@Inlemay (16559)
• South Africa
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Oh the FB - sure ha ha ha with my twenty word vocabulary of French I think it might have been a fiasco
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
19 Apr 16
Most of the time I get everything in German (), this is the most spoken language in Switzerland. I am very upset, I perfectly speak the other two (Italian and French), but I get plenty of pages in German. I do not know how many time I tried to solve this problem... I think I have to go back to study German.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I am good just with one language and southern...that's harder to understand an a foreign language at times.
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
20 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill I am so upset when I receive messages in German, I have set my browser to English, I believe that people should stick to your browser language.
@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Apr 16
wow didn't know facebook would do that. Glad you figured it out. It would be difficult to know what was going on
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• United States
19 Apr 16
It was confusing for sure - I thought I was seeing things at first!
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill I bet you did.
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@Corbin5 (106509)
• United States
19 Apr 16
I have never had this happen to me but glad you fixed that problem. I encounter French when I research the surname of my great grandparents which happens to be Gerec with an accent mark over the second e. I did not study French and thus cannot read one darn thing about that side of my family.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I should know a little French, my grandparents were Cajun and they spoke French but with a southern accent.
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@Corbin5 (106509)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Well, you and I need to sign up for French classes I suppose. I studied Spanish since Mom said it was easier.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
20 Apr 16
You probably hit the wrong box without realizing it.
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• United States
20 Apr 16
I know I did something by accident...held down a key and pressed something - I can laugh about it now.
• China
20 Apr 16
It haven't happened to me.But then ,I have no FaceBook account . I doubt if you hit something by chance.
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• United States
20 Apr 16
I am pretty sure I hit something by accident...it just doesn't happen by itself I don't think LOL
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Apr 16
I have not had that happen to me....yet. I'm glad you got it figured out! Now if it does happen to me, I will know how to do to fix it! :)
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• United States
20 Apr 16
I hope it doesn't happen to you!
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@Marty1 (33603)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 Apr 16
@abbygreenhill I am going to relearn soon my French. I too took French in high school but in prehistoric times; I don't get on Facebook too often, and that never happened to me on it when I go on the site. I had the experience at antipathy usually English sites have started up with my free online college courses, and i sometime miss a word to i put it on English subtitles, but oncer pressed Japanese as a subtitled by accident tI was what happened as I do not know Japanese but hope to learn it some day in the future. My classes most automatically come in English i just add subtitles i don;t know if anybody else that speaks English does that like I do it is just something I have a paranoia about missing a word!
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• United States
20 Apr 16
I took Japanese lessons at one of my previous jobs, we did a lot of business with them so it was a good idea - but that's an extremely hard language to learn. Most of what I remember has to do with 'drinking'....
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@JudyEv (123388)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 16
Haha. I wonder what went wrong? But it's good that the site decided to help you out.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
You got that right, I was going to go to the library to get a French-English dictionary!
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Apr 16
I didnt know one could flip languages so easily in facebook!
• United States
19 Apr 16
I didn't either!
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